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The Weekend Ahead – Feb 10 – 12

The city is sliding back into normality after the extended Chinese New Year celebrations, with people returning home, shops reopening, and a collective sense of dread setting in as we realise it’s bloody ages until the next public holiday. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as the return to normality brings with it an influx of great events – the excellent Hong Kong Marathon is back to annoy drivers all over the city, horror and manga legend Junji Ito’s exhibitions comes to town, Kidsfest continues to champion entertainment for the little ones with two shows over the weekend, and Freespace Happening returns with its usual fun antics. We also say goodbye to the AIA Carnival, which has been a welcome fixture on the waterfront these past few months, so if you haven’t been yet, make sure you do before it disappears for another year.

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Kidsfest: Why the Whales Came

Multi award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo. Why the Whales Came is decidedly more thoughtful and even melancholic in its synopsis than the usual children’s fare. Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman, but messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel his secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions, and learn why the whales came to the island. Evocative stuff.

When: February 10 – 12, (8pm)
Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai 
How much: $195 – $435
Click here to buy tickets


Ding Ding to Kowloon – A Multi-Media Exhibition

An exhaustive look at one of Hong Kong’s most enduring cultural icons – our precious trams. Ding Ding to Kowloon includes a time-lapse video showing an advertisement installation on a tram body, exhibits of tram memorabilia, rare images taken at the Whitty Street Tram Depot’s workshop, and a collection of oil paintings depicting the vastly superior train. Just kidding, it’s oil paintings of trams, trains suck.

When: February 10 – March 14, (10am – 6pm)
Where: Jao Tsung-I Academy, The Gallery, Halls 2 & 3, 800 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon
How much: Free
Click here for more information


 Hong Kong Philharmonic: Explore Baroque with Bach & Co.

A special programme led by Dutch conductor and recorder virtuoso Erik Bosgraaf. Enjoy a bounty of timeless Baroque music with masterpieces by Telemann, Vivaldi, and Bach. Bosgraaf is like a rock star of the infamously hectic woodwind scene, so expect lots of fainting young ladies and knickers being thrown onto the stage in-between face-melting recorder solos.

When: February 10 & 11, (8pm)
Where: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $180 – $480
Click here to buy tickets


Brits in Pieces Presents: Brendon Burns – Black Comedian LIVE in Hong Kong!

Fresh off the back of a sell-out UK tour, the incredible Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner – described by Edinburgh Festivals Magazine as “not only hilarious, but eye-opening” – is bringing his unmistakable brand of ferociously un-PC, cuttingly observant comedy to the SAR with his highly praised Black Comedian show. Tickets have already sold out for the outrageous Aussie’s Fringe Club performance on February 11, so don’t miss your chance and and grab your tickets quick for the February 10 show in Wan Chai!

When: February 10, (8pm)
Where: The Hub, 1/F, Fortune Building, 150 – 158 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
How much: $300
Click here to buy tickets


Kaleidoscope of Dance from Yunnan

The Hong Kong Dance Company is closing its 2016-17 season with a grandiose ethnic dance gala, showcasing distinctive dance forms of the Yi, Lisu, Wa, Dai, and Hani ethnic people of Yunnan. This performance gives audiences a rare opportunity to discover ethnic dance as part of China’s cultural heritage.

When: February 10 – 12, (3pm & 7.45pm)
Where: Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium, 12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Fong
How much: $100 – $300
Click here to buy tickets


I AM DUALITY with Hive Studios 1​st Year Anniversary

Celebrating the 1st anniversary of the The Hive Studios, performance collective and events production company I AM is putting on an evening of visual art, film, and live contemporary performances. I AM DUALITY seeks to explore the audience experience in not only a live setting, but also through digital content, photography, and short films.

When: February 10 & 11, (8pm)
Where: The Hive, 8F Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town
How much: $250 – $380
Click here to buy tickets


Longines Masters

After tearing up Los Angeles and Paris in a giddy frenzy of show-jumping, champagne, and timepieces worth more than everything I own combined – the equine event of the year returns for its fifth year. The best riders in the world will descend on the Expo for three days of shows and performances displaying the very best the sport has to offer.

When: February 10 – 12, (session times can be found here)
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10, Lantau Island
How much: $200 – $4,000 (for all kinds of prestige, premium stuff)
Click here to buy tickets


 Sarah Brennan Book Launch and Signing

Famed author and illustrator team Sarah Brennan and Harry Harrison are back with another fabulous Chinese Calendar Tale! The latest iteration features the pride, ruffled feathers, and cocky determination of Rickshaw Rooster. Join Sarah, Harry, and the eponymous Rooster at Bookazine for a story reading, quizzes with prizes, free bookmarks for every child, and tasty nibbles and drinks.

When: February 11, (2pm – 3pm)
Where: Bookazine, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
How much: Free
RSVP here or email enquire@bookazine.com.hk


Divalicious

A talent show unlike any you’ve seen before. A unique opportunity for Hong Kong’s fabulous drag queen contingent to come flaunt their stuff, as Naomi Smalls of Ru Paul’s Drag Race fame comes to town to host one the craziest parties of the year. Come along and see which queen will reign supreme!

When: February 11, (10am)
Where: Ozone, 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
How much: $200 (includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne)
Book by calling (+852) 2263 32010 or emailing ozone.hk@ritzcarlton.com


Eco and Geo-tour of Plover Cove Country Park

Plover Cove is a bounty of rich ecology and geology with waterfalls, abandoned villages, and quaint little river. Out at shore there’s red rocks, mangrove swamps, and an abundance of sea-life such as fiddler crabs and mudskippers – all of which you will be able to see on this exhaustive tour of the area.

When: February 11, (10am)
Where: Meet at Tai Po Market MTR station, at the 7-Eleven between exit A and exit B
How much: $290
Click here to book your spot


Yum Cha Dim Sum Workshop and Afternoon Tea

Learn how to make potentially edible red bean rose buns and pineapple love birds, followed by a delicious afternoon tea set for two, including two glasses of Prosecco. It’s a win/win – if you’re finished products look expertly crafted, your date will be blown away by your skills, and if they turn out totally crap, they’ll be totally smitten with your adorable ineptitude.

When: February 11 – 14, (3.30pm – 5.30pm)
Where: Yum Cha Central, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central
How much: $1,100 per couple
For reservations, call (+852) 3708 8081 or email central@yumchahk.com


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All That Junk – Indie Rock Party

To celebrate events company All That Junk’s expansion from boat parties into live music events, the Indie Rock Party will see four of the city’s finest local indie acts take the stage at After4Studio. Modern Children, Shumking Mansion, Junk!, and Deer MX (pictured above) will be rocking out while food and drinks are served on the venues rooftop. A very welcome newcomer to the city’s live music scene.

When: February 11, (8pm)
Where: After4Studio, 101 Tung Chau St, Tai Kok Tsui
How much: $250 (includes two drinks and finger food – bit of a bargain really)
Click here to buy tickets


Lantau Base Camp Valentine’s Race

Was your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise? Perhaps be more ‘together’ with your loved one? Well, now’s your chance to tick both goals off the list because The Lantau Base Camp Valentine’s Race is open for registration. Organised by Lantau Base Camp, the race challenges partners to complete a 13km trail on South Lantau Island on February 11. Starting at Nam Shan Picnic Area on South Lantau Road, racers must complete the entire course as marked within a 4.5 hour time limit. Each team must be made up of two members, and teams must complete the whole trail together – so no arguing lovebirds! Teams that don’t follow the markers will also be disqualified – so no cheating either. Read our full article on the race.

When: February 11, (9.30am – 2pm)
Where: Nam Shan Picnic Area, South Lantau Road
How much: $350 to register
Click here to register


Kidsfest: Romeo & Juliet Untold

A uniquely fun twist on the Shakespeare classic. In this quite subversive retelling the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is retold through the eyes of the Capulet Ball’s party planner. You’ll never look at the original the same way ever again after seeing this.

When: February 11 & 12, (Saturday – 7.15pm, Sunday – 12.15pm)
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $195 – $435
Click here to buy tickets


 Freespace Happening

Be sure not to miss one of the best free events in Hong Kong as Freespace Happening returns this weekend! A huge range of performances, workshops, and classes will be going down – from the HK Phil’s percussion ensemble, dancing programmes, fortune-telling, and guided tours of the various flora that call Nursery Park home.

When: February 12, (2pm – 7pm)
Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
How much: Free
Click here for more information


The AIA Great European Carnival

The biggest carnival of the year rolls on! The AIA Great European Carnival gates get set to close this Sunday, so if you haven’t managed to check out the live performances, hundreds of game booths, thrilling rides, and ice rink, then now’s your chance. You can also take advantage of the carnival’s 2-4-1 package (buy a $125 ticket and get your lover or friend in for free), which runs until Friday 10.

When: Runs until February 12, (11am – 11pm)
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central
How much: $35 for standard entry without tokens; $125 for adults (includes 10 tokens); $90 for kids (includes 7 tokens)
Click here for more information


Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon

One of the biggest race events of the year with five events taking over the city. Registration is closed, but with 61,000 participants and a wedding proposal all taking place last year, there tends to be plenty to see as the event returns for its 21st year.

When: February 12, (6am – 5pm)
Where: All over the city (click here for routes)
How much: Free


Amazing Snow in Asia 2017

Does the lack of snow in Hong Kong get you down? Do you want to frolic, throw snowballs, make snow angels, and finally have an excuse to wear a hat? Well, thanks to technology (aka, snow machines), now you can. Amazing Snow in Asia features the largest snow garden in the continent, a cross-country ski zone, speedy tube slide ski zone (whatever that is), carnival games, VR game zone (VR snow? It’s about damn time), VR Northern light zone, and photo-taking … with snow, in a zone. Sold.

When: Until February 14, (11am – 10pm)
Where: The Venetian Macao, Cotai Expo Hall E, Macau
How much: $120 (children aged 3 – 12), $180 (adults), $999 (VIP)
Find out more here


Xiang Yi: The Whispering Void

The famed Malaysian artist brings her second solo exhibition to Hong Kong. The Whispering Void marries Xiang Yi’s use of traditional Chinese painting styles within a very contemporary context – exploring homo-erotic and romantic relationships between males in manga comics and novels. Although it’s maybe not for the faint-hearted, this display promises big things from the burgeoning savant.

When: Until February 18, (10am – 7pm)
Where: Artify Gallery, 10/F, Block A, Ming Pao Industrial Centre, 18 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan
How much: Free
Find out more here


Kim Jae Yong: I Love Donut

Do you love donuts? Do you want to show your love for them beyond the normal paradigm of eating as you feel like the love is killing you, as you wheeze from the effort of running 10 yards to catch a bus? Great. You’ll love this. Korean artist Kim Jae Yong brings us over 300 unique donut ceramic sculptures, colourfully patterned and laden with references to popular culture. The best thing is, if you eat one, you’ll probably end up in hospital for so long that you won’t even remember what the real thing tastes like.

When: Until February 19, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Gallery by the Harbour, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
Find out more here


Moody’s RiseUp Youth Photo Exhibition – In Light Of

In this photo exhibition, presented by the KELY support group (a non-governmental charity organisation that provides support to youths in Hong Kong) a selection of photographs will be presented by ethnic minorities and local Chinese students. These photos express the ‘light’ in their lives – showing what inspires them on a daily basis.

When: Until February 20, (9am – 6pm)
Where: Platform, 1/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Find out more here


Lee du Ploy: The Glass Facade

Outsider art is – if we’re being kind – is very thin on the ground in Hong Kong, which makes this exhibition by psychologist Lee du Ploy all the more interesting. The Glass Facade shows the many faces of Lee du Ploy’s patients over the years, telling their stories through an intense visual language, seeking to remove the taboo of mental illness – something which is still heavily prevalent in many parts of Hong Kong and China.

When: Until February 24, (11am – 7pm)
Where: 3 Wa Lane, Tai Ping Shan
How much: Free
Find out more here


Aesthetics of Horror: Junji Ito’s Exhibition in Hong Kong

One of contemporary horror’s truly seminal artists, Junji Ito, is nothing short of legend to anyone that has even a passing interest in Japanese manga, animation, or horror at the most peripheral level. The exhibition will feature works exclusively created for Hong Kong fans that set horror scenes in familiar locales around the city. The show will also offer a unique insight into the artist’s creative process alongside six original manuscripts from his Side Stories of Hanging Balloons, made available especially for the Hong Kong premiere.

When: Until February 26, (10am – 9pm in 1 hour incremental sessions)
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
How much: $100 (normal entry), $200 (Hanging Ballon package – includes entry plus Hanging Balloon tote bag)
Click here to buy tickets


The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Ceremony and Celebration – The Grand Weddings of the Qing Emperors

Focusing on the grand and elaborate weddings of Emperors Shunzhi, Kangxi, Tongzhi, and Guang xu, this stunning exhibition displays 153 items selected from the rare and unique collections of The Palace Museum. Featuring items such as portraits, costumes, personal ornaments, dowry objects, and court musical instruments, this is a must for any history buffs or anyone with even a passing fancy in traditions gone by.

When: Until February 27, (10am – 6pm)
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1/F, Thematic Galleries, 1-5 Function Place
How much: $10-$20
Find out more here


Dale Frank Exhibition

Australian artist Dale Frank breaks the conventions of conventional art in his use of materials in this exhibition. With things such as varnish, glass, and human hair all going into his works, good old paint seems quite pedestrian by comparison. Showcasing 16 works that were made in 2016, Frank’s new canvases demonstrates his unique use of pigmented varnish to create abstract images, along with his liberal use of rich intense colours. Or in laymen’s terms – art that kind of looks like a colourful scab.

When: Until March 9, (10am – 7pm)
Where: Pearl Lam Galleries, 601 – 605 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street
How much: Free
Find out more here


Nogah Engler: Time Lapses

A stunning collection of landscape paintings by Israeli artist Nogah Engler that address both the archaeological and ecological. Both themes compliment each other, delivering an over-arching message that commends the human spirit.

When: Until March 4, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Galerie Huit, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan
How much: Free
Find out more here


Vik Muniz: Metachromes

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz reimagines some of the most famous art-works ever created by the likes of Van Gogh and Yves Klein using chalk and pastel sticks. Rather than being throwaway or reductive, Muniz’ works are a fascinating re-interpretation of pieces that we all know and love.

When: Until March 11, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Ben Brown Fine Arts, 301 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Find out more here


Between Utopia and Dystopia

Massimo de Carlo gallery’s first show of 2017, curated by Manuela Lietti, brings together works by six Chinese contemporary artists, exploring the notion of landscape. The six artists’ differing backgrounds and age is reflected in the interpretation of the subject matter, creating an exhibition with a uniquely differing tonality between each piece.

When: Until March 11, (10.30am – 7pm)
Where: Massimo de Carlo, Pedder Building, 3/F, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Howard Hodgkin: In the Pink

Known for his abstract oil on wood-panel paintings, Hodgkin has established himself as one of Britain’s greatest living painters. His works explore the relationship between hand, eye, and memory through his unmistakable visual language.

When: Until March 11, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Gagosian, 7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Eric Lau – Detour: From the Streets of NYC to the Americas

Photographer Lau has combed the streets, corners, and back alleys of the Americas in search of subject matter for his latest exhibition – from New York to north, central, and south America, and the Caribbean islands. His images encompass everything unique from these vastly differing places – the people, the architecture, and the traditions.

When: Until March 31, (Monday to Thursday – midday-midnight, Friday and Saturday – midday-1.00am, Sunday – 11am-midnight)
Where: BRICK LANE GALLERY, 23 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Konstantin Grcic: Panorama

The prodigal European designer brings his narrative-driven exhibition to Hong Kong for the first time. Broken down into distinct sections, Panorama features Grcic’s distinctly minimalist furniture and designs, all put in to a context that informs the various facets of both our working and personal lives. A statement on how functionality and design can have differing emotional impacts on people depending on their interpretation.

When: Until April 2, (9am – 7pm)
Where: HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tsueng Kwan O
How much: Free
Find out more here


Hsiao Chin: Important Works in the 1960s

A unique insight into the artist’s career as well as a history of Chinese modern art, pioneering Taiwanese abstract artist Hsiao Chin’s works largely consist of curved and straight bold lines and shapes, touching upon concepts surrounding oriental spirituality with abstract symbolism.

When: Until April 30, (10.30am – 7.30pm)
Where: 3812 Gallery, 118 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Find out more here


The Coming Week

Photo credit – Charles Tandy

45th Hong Kong Arts Festival

Featuring over 1,600 outstanding international and local artists in 129 performances, this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival is shaping to be the biggest ever. Encompassing everything within the creative arts spectrum across opera, music, theatre, and dance, the festival has established itself as a global cultural highlight. Tickets for performances are selling fast so get in there now!

When: February 16 – March 18
Where: Various locations (click here for programmes)
How much: Varies by each performance
Click here for more information or to book your tickets


Chinese Tea Demystified

Unlock the mystery behind Chinese tea with this fascinating workshop put on by the Hong Kong Institute of Languages and hosted by Phoenix Tea. You’ll get an introduction to tea classifications, an Oolong brewing demonstration, and, of course, lots of tasting!

When: February 15, (7pm – 9pm)
Where: 5/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central
How much: Free for current and past students, $150 otherwise (includes tea and snacks)
Click here for more information


First Light Cocoon

First Light is all about making your mornings better. Through different sessions incorporating dance and relaxation, First Light wants you skipping not shuffling through the AM. This session, titled ‘Cocoon’, encourages you to have a dance with some like-minded people to get the blood pumping in the morning, setting you up for a winning day! Also, just say at the door that you’re a Localiiz reader and you’ll only have to pay $100 for the session as opposed to $120! Hooray!

When: February 16, (7am – 8.20am)
Where: Premium Sofa Club, 128 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
How much: $120
Click here for more information


Geek is cool again.

One of the most esoterically interesting panel discussions in the city returns, this time looking beyond just games and at the geek industry in general, examining the ‘mainstreamization’ of the geek subculture. Featuring Wes Mui, the group’s chief games officer, Jeremy Lam, co-founder of Pixio (a new mobile games company making waves), Alvin Wong, founder of Lootaku (a collectibles company with a global reach and fan base), and Dom Parry, founder of Nine Dragons (Hong Kong’s very own RPG publisher). Hosting and moderation duties will be taken up Vishal Nanda, a writer and poet who’s performed at and hosted some of Hong Kong’s biggest festivals and events.

When: February 16, (7pm – 9.30pm)
Where: WeWork, 33 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
How much: $80 (advance), $100 (door)
Click here to buy tickets


Hong Kong Restaurant Week

Ten glorious days of special menus and promotions across some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants. It’s an amazing opportunity to broaden your culinary horizons without breaking the bank! Bookings usually fill up quick so get in there now!

When: February 16 – 26
Where: Throughout the city
How much: Lunches from $118, Dinners from $298
Click here for more information


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